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Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Natural Disasters | 0 comments

Texas Rainstorms vs. Texas Natural Disasters

There are few things in this world I enjoy more than curling up under a blanket during a Texas rainstorm. I don’t care if it’s watching a movie, listening to music, or reading a book. The thought of being safe and sound in my own home while watching the chaos through my windows is so satisfying to me. I especially enjoy the sounds of thunder rumbling in the distance and catching a glimpse of white-hot streaks of lightning stretched out across the sky. But Buddy, my seven-year-old snuggle-monster of a pug, doesn’t appreciate it the same way I do. He just knows that it’s scary outside.

Hurricane Harvey was an interesting weather event, to say the least. Despite raining consistently for several days, I didn’t notice any thunder or lightning. On the first day the rain started, Buddy and I walked down to look at the park and saw the creek had risen so high that it covered the entire disc golf course! The winds were really strong, and we didn’t stick around for very long, but I could tell that mother nature was going to shake things up. It was weird how the winds seemed to go one way and then would abruptly shift and go a different direction, only to seemingly stop and then a mighty gust would almost blow me over. It was very strange weather indeed.

As soon as I got back to my house, I discovered a rude surprise; my neighbor’s tree had lost a giant limb and it had crashed right on top of my garage.

Just to clarify… This is not the type of neighbor that you can just go next door and ask for a cup of sugar. This is the type of neighbor who flings their dog poop in your backyard and pretends it didn’t happen because I guess they think German shepherds and pugs have similar bowel movements and the act would go unnoticed – only to be confronted about it later when there is a mysterious cluster of waaaaay-too-big-to-be-Buddy’s you-guessed-it in the back corner, and then lie about it to my face, telling me it’s “probably” pug-poo. Yeah, wonderful people.

They’re also the kind of people who call the cops on you for playing music on a Friday night at 9 pm without having the decency to ask that it be turned down first. Next thing I knew, there’s flashlights shining through all of my back windows and it looked like the whole SWAT team responded just to tell me to turn it down. Who does that!??!

Anyways, I digress. That neighbor’s tree fell on my house and I was super stoked. This was the perfect excuse for me to give a little payback and watch them sweat it with the insurance company. I was so excited!

I called my insurance company right away and talked to Angie (she’s the best), but apparently, if the tree fell on my property, it’s my insurance that handles the claim. Huh, I didn’t know. I did a little searching online and came across this great website that had a lot of helpful information about everything Hurricane Harvey and insurance. I’ve got it bookmarked now and it’s already come in really handy as a resource. Williams Kherkher put a lot of information together in one place, it’s really convenient. As much as I love the rain, Hurricane Harvey was not fun, and I’m hoping the rest of hurricane season stays dry.

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